OSHA has issued new regulations which require employers to electronically submit injury & illness recordkeeping information to OSHA on an annual basis. The new regulation also includes anti-retaliation protections, which prohibits employers from discouraging workers from reporting an injury or illness, and requires employers to inform employees of their right to report work-related injuries and illnesses free from retaliation. Whereas the new reporting requirements will be phased in over two years, the anti-retaliation provisions become effective August 10, 2016.
Employers with 250 or more employees in industries covered by the recordkeeping regulation must submit information from their 2016 Form 300A by July 1, 2017. These same employers will be required to submit information from all 2017 forms (300A, 300, and 301) by July 1, 2018. Beginning in 2019 and every year thereafter, the information must be submitted by March 2.
Employers with 20-249 employees in certain high risk industries (e.g. construction, manufacturing) must submit information from their 2016 Form 300A by July 1, 2017, and their 2017 Form 300A by July 1, 2018. Beginning in 2019 and every year thereafter, the information must be submitted by March 2.
This highlights the importance of accurate and detailed recordkeeping. Prior to the July 1, 2017 submittal deadline, it is highly recommended that you review all OSHA recordkeeping information with your Safety Check, Inc. consultant to ensure compliance with OSHA injury & illness recordkeeping regulations. For more information, follow the below links: